What equipment is needed for emergent intubation during sleep endoscopy?

Updated: Aug 21, 2019
  • Author: Philip E Zapanta, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Equipment for intubation for emergent airways includes the following:

  • Laryngoscope with various Miller and Macintosh blades

  • Magill forceps

  • Laryngeal mask airways (LMAs) and intubating LMAs

  • Eschmann stylet

  • Combitube

  • Endotracheal tubes of various sizes

  • Jet ventilation and 14-gauge needle

  • Nasopharyngeal airway

  • Oropharyngeal airway

By definition, patients with OSA have potentially difficult airways. While it is rare to lose an airway by this method, one must always be prepared for the worst-case scenario.


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